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Experiencing an act of domestic violence is an overwhelming experience on several levels. Along with the psychological and physical trauma, you also face significant legal issues.

You should get help – and you should get that help immediately.

Below is list of resource that can help you deal many of the issues that you will face. These resources can provide you with support and guide you through the process of getting the protection you need.

We strongly advise you to contact one or more of these organizations form the start. Don’t wait until you have a question or a problem. They can give guidance on how to do this right, and they can provide answers to questions you haven’t even thought of.

At the very least, they will confirm the actions you are taking and give you the confidence that you are on the right track.


24 Hour Hotlines

Call these hotlines any time for immediate advice and assistance regardless of where you live. They will walk you through everything you need to do now.

  • The Center for Abused Persons in Charles County: 301-645-3336
  • The House of Ruth Hotline for all of Maryland: 410-889-RUTH (7884) 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)


Support and Advocacy Organizations by County

These organizations operate in each of our local counties. That is useful because they know the main players in the local legal systems in those counties.


Charles County

Call these organizations for help and advice if you live in Waldorf, La Plata, or anywhere in Charles County:


St. Mary’s County

Call these organizations for help and advice if you live in Lexington Park, Leonardtown, or anywhere in St. Mary’s County:

21933 Bundy Rd, Bldg 2090
Patuxent River , MD 20670


Prince George’s County

Call these organizations for help and advice if you live in Clinton, Brandywine, Upper Marlboro, or anywhere in Prince George’s County:

  • Family Crisis Center, Inc.
    Hotline: 301-731-1203
    3601 Taylor Street Brentwood, MD 2072
  • Joint Base Andrews Family Support  (301) 981-7087.  1191 Menoher Drive, JB Andrews, MD, United States 20762


Calvert County

Call this organizations for help and advice if you live in Calvert County:

Crisis Intervention Center
Hotline: 410-535-1121
Route 4 at Hospital Road P.O. Box 980 Prince Frederick, MD 20678


Maryland State Wide Directory

This website lists all of the domestic violence support organizations throughout the state of Maryland.

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence


Legal Assistance

The first and best place to go for direct legal assistance is Maryland Legal Aid.

Maryland Legal Aid

Southern Maryland Office
15045 Burnt Store Road
Hughesville, MD 20637
Local Phone Number: (301) 932-6661
Toll Free Phone Number: (877) 310-1810

Volunteer Lawyer Assistance Program

You can also contact the local Courthouse Clerk’s office to find out about the volunteer lawyer assistance program dates and times. This is a program of the local Bar Associations to provide a lawyer on site at the courthouse during specific times. You can meet and get personal advice for your situation for free during these meetings.

  • Charles County Clerk of Court – 301-932-3201
  • St. Mary’s County Clerk of Court – 301-475-7844
  • Calvert County Clerk of Court – 410-535-1660
  • Prince George’s County Clerk of Court – 301-952-3318


Online Guides

These are places on the internet where you can find more information about how to protect yourself and your family during a domestic violence crisis.

And if you are thinking ahead to that next step, our website has two very good Free Legal Guides for Divorce & Child Support:

Bottom line: You are not alone in this situation and there are people who want to help you. Please reach out to them today.